59th Independence: Why Nigeria Is ‘Unfortunate’ – Top Yoruba Leader

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A chieftain of the pan-Yoruba group Afenifere Ayo Adebanjo has claimed the country is unfortunate for lacking quality leaders, Concise News reports.

Adebanjo said this on Tuesday as Nigeria marks its 59th independence anniversary.

According to him, Nigeria has not been blessed with good leaders since it got independence from Britain close to six decades ago.

“We are not where we should be because we have not been lucky to have the right people at the top,” he told Channels TV.

Furthermore, the Afenifere leader said the problems plaguing the country are a result of a lack of good leaders.

Adebanjo, however, believes that with restructuring, the West African nation can make progress.

He added that “It has not been impressive. To those of us who fought for independence, it is a big disappointment. We are not where we should be.

“The people whom we have been unfortunate to have, have not had the direction of those who fought for independence mostly because the army did a lot of havoc.

“Their intervention was not a blessing. And you see where we are today. The people who fought for independence did not get into office after independence.

“We were lucky at the beginning from 1960 to 1963, which was the best period for the civilian government. Since the army intervention in 1966, we have not been fortunate.”

Nigeria Making Progress 

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Bola Tinubu has urged Nigerians to support President Muhammadu Buhari in his drive to reposition the country.

Tinubu also called on citizens of the West African nation to be confident as the country will come out better.

He said this on Tuesday in his Independence Day message in Lagos where he added that with what the nation has achieved in the past, it can do more in the future.

“Today we celebrate the 59th birthday of our beloved nation,” he said. “We stand today with our feet planted firmly in the present but with our gaze both on the past and toward our future.

“Looking back at the last 59 years, we have faced steep challenges yet have marked great progress nonetheless.

“What we have overcome in the past gives us the confidence and courage to believe that we can achieve even more as we cast our eyes to the future.”

According to him, “This day that we mark is truly a day to celebrate the independence of a nation of resilient, strong and industrious people who have decided to join together in common purpose that each of us may enjoy a democratic prosperous and just existence.

“As Nigerians, let us recommit our energies to building a better Nigeria and rededicate ourselves to the vision of our nationalists who saw greatness in this country and worked assiduously to advance it.

“The journey to our greater destiny has begun and I enjoin you all to support one another and President Buhari’s administration in this journey.

“I ask you all to remain committed to our highest national purpose so that we may continue to strengthen our national institutions and our very country.

“I congratulate all Nigerians on this 59th independence anniversary and urge you all to come along in the march to the Next Level.”

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Egobiambu Emmanuel is a Mass Communication graduate from the University of Benin. He is a media enthusiast, loves reading and writing, and has a special interest in personal development. Emmanuel is a reporter with Concise News.

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